Isn’t it about time I just believed?

Genesis 19:27-29

27 And Abraham got up early[1] in the  (and went) to the place where he stood before (The Lord) Yahweh. 28 And he looked down[2] over the face of Sodom and Gomorrah and over all the face of the land of the plain, and he looked… and, look, the cloud of smoke[3] went up like a cloud of smoke[4] of a furnace[5].

29 And it was, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot from among the overthrow[6] when He overthrew the cities where Lot lived[7].

Application

I wonder who’s been praying for me?  And I wonder who God’s preserving because of me?

Abraham got up early the morning after the annihilation of Sodom, Gomorrah and all that was in the plain.  He looked down, and all he could see was the cloud of smoke going up, like a cloud of smoke from a furnace.

What we find, however, is that Lot was spared because of Abraham, not because he was righteous himself.

This whole story sounds so much like the story of the cross.  I have been spared, restored into relationship with the Father and given honour and glory for eternity, but not because of my righteousness, instead, because of that of God’s own Son The Christ, Jesus, who took my sin , shame and punishment.

This being the case, isn’t it about time that I started living in joy, praying all the time, being thankful continuously and allowing the Holy Spirit to set me on fire that never goes out?  What’s happened to the spark?  Circumstances and happenings of life have no authority over the promises and calling of God Almighty… Isn’t it about time I just believed?

Also, hadn’t I better get to praying for those who I want God to spare for my sake, as he spared Lot’s for Abraham’s.

Prayer

Father, please teach me how to live for you, and how to be all that you have called me to be.  Please help me to rejoice, pray, be thankful and to be on fire continually.  Please also have mercy on my family and friends.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] שָׁכַם – shakam – Strongs 7925 – (v) – “rise or start early/do early in the morning/get up/rise/early/rose early/got up early/repeat/do over and over again/again”

[2] שָׁקַף – shaqaph – Strongs 8529 – (v) – “be high in elevation/to overlook/look down/look out/lean over/look down upon/risen higher … be high in elevation.risen higher/look/be immanentto lean over nd look/look down [Nifal] … to look down/look down upon [Hifil]”

[3] קִטוֹר – qiytowr – Strongs 7008 – (n . m) – “thick smoke/smoke/clouds/cloud of smoke/storm cloud”

[4] קִטוֹר – qiytowr – Strongs 7008 – (n . m) – “thick smoke/smoke/clouds/cloud of smoke/storm cloud”

[5] כִּבְשָׁן – kibshan – Strongs 3536 – (n . m) – “kiln/furnace/forge/smelting forge/metal smelting oven”

[6] הֲפֵכָה – haphekah – Strongs 2018 – (n . f) – “an overthrow/demolition/destruction/annihilation”

[7] “where lived in these Lot”